The nation's bankers are increasingly becoming direct targets of money- laundering scams originating in Nigeria, prompting regulators in at least one state to issue warnings to the state's banks and credit unions.

During the past few weeks, almost a dozen banks in Connecticut and one in Massachusetts have received faxed letters from alleged Nigerian business officials, asking the bankers to designate accounts so the Nigerians can transfer millions of dollars in illicit funds out of their country.

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